Review: Infinity Man and the Forever People #2
Story by Dan Didio and Keith Giffen
Art by Tom Grummett, Scott Hanna, and Mike Atiyeh
The Forever People have a problem. Something has destroyed one of their outposts on Earth so now Big Bear and the gang have to check it out. Little do they know that problem is actually a bunch of prying mantis dudes. Yeah… this book is a little odd.
Infinity Man finally decides to show up in his own book! Yay! The art is better this month as well. Giffen’s art last month was a little too blocky for me, so its just nice to see that Grummett knows how to draw people that have proper body proportions. This issue also has a lot more action that the first issue, so that’s something. Honestly, the only thing people will be talking about is the surprise appearance of a very big character on the first page. It leads to nothing, but it is still a pretty big shocker.
Jumping straight into things can be a fun thing to do. Justice League United is doing that right now to great success. The difference between these two titles, though, is that the cast of JLU is already known and popular characters, so you don’t have to take the time to get to know them because we already do. We are two issues into Infinity Man and the only two characters whose names I could tell you off the top of my head is Big Bear (because he is ridiculous) and Infinity Man (his name is in the title). That’s a problem. The other problem is that we are only two issues into this thing and already there is a different art team on the book. So much for creative consistency. I would complain more about it, but I actually thought the art was better in this issue than in the last one. The characters aren’t as blocky and it is a lot easy to follow the actions in the panel. Oh, and this isn’t really isn’t something bad necessarily, but is Infinity Man basically Captain Planet?
The ideas inside this book is interesting and the shocker on the first page is cool to see. Unfortunately, this is all buried underneath an incredibly uninteresting script. Maybe over time this book can find its footing and be fun, but this is the New 52 we are talking about and this book is not going to have that time.
Story: 2 out of 5
Art: 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5